Do I Have an Infection?

January 15, 2023

Do I Have an Infection?

If you aren’t feeling your best right now, know that you are not alone! There are so many ways to get sick this season that it can be really hard to stay healthy at this point in the year. If you are feeling unwell, receiving a proper diagnosis is important so you can seek the right treatment.

Infections are a common cause of illness and they can produce a wide variety of symptoms. They can be minor like the common cold or severe like a bad case of pneumonia. Check out our AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway’s latest blog all about infections below.

What Infections Are Common at This Time of Year?

An infection occurs when you are exposed to a germ or microbe. If your body doesn’t have the antibodies to fight it off or your immune system is unable to ward off the illness, you will start to experience symptoms as it multiplies in your body. Classic symptoms of infection are a sore throat, runny nose and a fever.

Viral infections are more common in the fall and winter because we are spending more time together indoors. This is why the common cold and influenza are so apparent right now! Bacterial infections occur when you are exposed to a bacteria, like for strep throat and UTIs.

Exposure to Viral Infections

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Long-term contact with infected people

Can I Get Antibiotics for a Viral Infection?

Unfortunately, no. Antibiotics are great for treating bacterial infections but not viral ones. Since it can sometimes be difficult to determine what type of infection you are suffering from on your own, come see us at the onset of your symptoms.

We can run you through a series of rapid tests in search of a diagnosis. If we determine you have a viral infection, we can help support your recovery through some OTC medication recommendations and encourage plenty of rest. If it is a bacterial infection, a round of antibiotics should help clear it up quickly.

Adopt These Health Practices This Season

  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay up to date on the recommended vaccination schedule.
  • Eat well and get plenty of rest.

Are you feeling ill? Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway for a diagnosis and treatment plan today.

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